Top 7 email fraud prevention tips for a #CyberSafeBusiness
March 18, 2016
Online fraudsters are increasingly targeting small-and medium-sized businesses in Canada. Their objective may be to access classified business data (yours or your customers'), obtain banking information, commit identity theft, or even stalk employees.
Common tactics include:
- Spam - Email sent without permission of the sender.
- Phishing - Spam that pretends to be from a company, financial institution or government agency.
- Trojan horse - A malicious program hiding within an attractive offer.
Fortunately, there are simple #CyberSafeBusiness anti-fraud practices that anyone can use:
- Be suspicious of any phone calls, visits, or emails from strangers asking about employees, their families and sensitive business matters.
- Always be cautious of emails that:
- Make offers that sound too good to be true.
- Request that you click on a link in the message.
- Ask for your personal information.
- Always report any suspicious activity to your IT professional.
- If a suspicious email appears to be from a recognized organization or client, contact them directly (not as a reply) to ask if they sent the email.
- If your business may have lost or revealed sensitive information, take immediate security action, such as contacting your bank.
- Report the incident to the police (or contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre).
- When in doubt, ask your IT professional or colleague for help.
If you or anybody in your business receives a suspicious email, don't reply or click on any links or attachments in the email. The best thing you can do is delete the email from your inbox. Never forward a suspicious email.
Find out more about running a #CyberSafeBusiness in the free Get Cyber Safe Guide for Small and Medium Businesses, available online at GetCyberSafe.ca.
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